Compliance (2012)

A manager at a local fast food place gets a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer, and is persuaded into abusing one of her young staff members.


High on the list of Films That Are Especially Uncomfortable When You Watch Them With Your Mum, on the account of all the sexual abuse and dark themes.

It taught me or confirmed my belief that most people are assholes and mindless sheep. Well I was familiar with the subject area from my undergrad psychology courses so it wasn’t anything new (Milgram’s experiment etc) but for fuck’s sake!! I would like to assume I would never do such a thing in my life but apparently it’s not that unthinkable. And this was happening just about 10 years ago! Jesus! Fuck!

It was very serious and left a really bad aftertaste. I suppose it was intense but it didn’t surprise me at all, if you don’t count in the fact how close to real life it was. The film was very hard to watch, maybe because I’ve been a simple customer service gal working at a till under the supervision of some asshole managers.

All in all, I think the moral of the story was: always ALWAYS question the authority! And don’t just do something because someone with a clipboard or a uniform tells you to. Lets start this revolution already!

Went and saw Anchorman 2 in the cinema.

Came home and Anchorman was on BBC Three.

Painful comparison.

The odd life of Timothy Green (2012)

it seemed to be a cute story and a feel-good film but it was absolutely frustratingly horrible. 

i don’t mind a bit of fiction and i don’t have a problem with enjoying a story about a boy who is miraculously born from the wishes of his parents. however i have a huge problem with characters not acting like normal human beings with common sense and that’s why this film was so baaaaaaddddd!.. only a bunch of lunatics would do the things all of the characters were written to be doing in this piece of rubbish. both of the parents freaking out and almost having a heart attack when their son isn’t put into a game of football when the said boy is really happy to be getting drinks for everyone else? or the ridiculous rivalry between the two sisters? or the clichés of a factory closing and aww the whole town is upset? soooo poorly written, my crappy 20% finished stem cell essay would have made a better script..

how embarrassing, Jennifer Garner, Ben is flying so high with his Argo and what have you got to show for yourself? tsktsktsk.. bad bad film..

Life of Pi (2012)

I think this is the first film I’ve watched since The Hobbit in Dec O_O

And I didn’t even want to watch it in a cinema. The digital has pretty much ruined my cinema experience and I’d much rather watch the slightly crappier quality from the comfort of my living room. I have a feeling that from now on I will only go to the cinema for something big or when I have nothing better to do. Sad sad sad..

Aaanyway I was quite scared this was gonna be all these fancy pants special effects to make the 3D super awesome (which it might have?) and not much of an interesting story but I wasn’t bored at all! Wowowow! It turned out to be really good and oh my god was I jumping on my sofa when the ship was going down or when this or that was jumping at the main character. Very very exciting! Yea I guess I do enjoy watching films after all.. Still.. But I already know it will be hard to find the time as soon as uni starts again. This masters is nothing like what I’ve experienced before..

But Life of Pi was great, loved the cute young boy, the special effects, the story, it was all good.

Skyfall (2012)

Hey ho I actually really liked this! Even though we watched it at midnight and I had had a long long day. day day day. repeat repeat repeat.

im not a Bond fan. embarrassing but apart from the last 3 i havent even seen the other films properly. im not too bothered though so i won’t go out of my way to watch them either i guess..

Casino Royal was great but maybe i just spent most of the film swooning over Eva Green? I hated Quantum of Solace and i didn’t even see a quarter of it cuz i fell asleep oh well.

so i kind of went to see it with a huge “meh” feeling but was positively surprised. Javier Bardem, the crazy motherfcker, stole the show imho. or was that just cuz all his hair was bleached white? cuz anything albino is creepy heh. 

well mostly i liked it cuz even though it was ridiculously long (for a film that starts at midnight!) i never felt bored or sleepy. 

it had some stupid bits in it and i would have loved to see more dominant female characters plus there wasn’t anything that memorable or original in the chase/action sequences.. but overall it left me with a good feeling. and the song is soooo awesome! 

ps - funny how i watched the last Bond also at Odeon. and it seems like yesterday we had a preview showing of some mysterious film “21” in our CCP intra system. oh dear, measuring time by the film release schedule… 

Boy A (2007)

got this from Kadri in April but only watched it on Sept 10th. 

it was good. i think. loads of mixed emotions. which i guess it was supposed to arise. who do i feel for? the public? the child-criminal? i read a lot about the actual case that this was based on (or not? definitely similar stuff) and i still don’t know. punishment or second chances? who decides? when is someone responsible? who is responsible? deep deep questions..

all that aside, i thought it was funny how terribly not good looking Andrew Garfield was in this. lol hello superficiality!

i guess i would recommend it but it wasn’t easy to watch. just before or after watching this, i also stumbled upon the last part of Boys Don’t Cry on tv and that was even more violent, depressing and cruel. bhhh.. entertainment not being so entertaining.. 

The Sweeney (2012)

i was really expecting it to be good. i’ve usually liked these british crime films (not that i’ve watched loads but still..) and i was expecting this to be exciting and fast and cool and with awesome dialogue and shit like that. no, it was so disappointingly average. not even bad. but average. which is kinda worse i guess. and they had a whole Orange campaign with this film and everything.. oh dear. 

Anna Karenina (2012)

i never realised that it was directed theatrically so that was a surprise (sometimes I’m retarded like that and don’t watch all the trailers), took a bit of time to get used to but it was quite easy.

again, film full of beautiful people so i was prone to like it from the start. i don’t remember if i actually read the whole book but i did read at least bits of it and i knew the story. people i know here, hadn’t really heard anything about it previously which is slightly weird imho but ok..

Kiera Knightley was as gorgeous as ever and this time DIDN’T speak with a horrible russian accent (*coughdangerousmethodcough*). Aaron TAYLOR-Johnson was a handsome young soldier even with the funny moustache and my heart is breaking for Jude Law who was supposed to be the old and ugly bore of a husband (it’s Jude Law goddamnit!). also an aw-bless to ATJ for playing the young heartthrob who dismisses all the young girls gushing over him and chooses the older lady with a child and a husband.

the film was long and detailed and was oh so beautiful from the visual aspect. they were also really clever with the set production, so the film had a really amazing and smooth flow from shot to shot. 

i also really like the story and it really got me. i would have loved to have watched it again but unfortunately it was quite unpopular and i tore the print down yesterday..

Lawless (2012)

ooh i absolutely loved this one! didn’t realise it was an 18 until afterwards when it all made sense.

it was bloody (but not Saw and Final Destination bloody, really creepy and sickening bloody), and cruel and emotional. i really cared for the characters (except for Shia LaBeouf, one does not simply care for Shia LaBeouf anymore). Tom Hardy was a badass mofo as he usually is, but my favourite was the limpy younger brother cuz he was just too cute and clever. Guy Pearce gave me shivers every time he was on screen, really well acted! 

i wholeheartedly recommend!

Detachment (2011)

<cuz i’ve completely neglected writing these down, i will try to recap the month of September in the films that I managed to watch. from the earliest to the latest. and from what i can still remember about these films>

Adrien Brody is fantastic and i simply love him in every way. he’s so handsome  even though he’s not that good looking. this has nothing to do with the film but i am subjective and instantly tend to like things with pleasant people in them. 


so i really wanted to like this one. but i just couldn’t really.. it was just another existentialist hipster drama but without a clever and enlightening message. it was depressing and nothing really happened and a troubled teen killed herself. didn’t really feel for any of the characters (except maybe for the dad who was dying and possibly a child abuser/molester). the main thing i can remember was that schools are scary, teachers are all depressed and hate their lives and school even more than the kids do. and yea, that’s it, teens are horrible and don’t give a shit, then grow up and have shitty jobs.

what a charmer this film was..

had potential but didn’t deliver imho.

Keith Lemon: The Film (2012)

Dafuq did I just watch

The walls of AMC, can&#8217;t believe they were considering covering this with M&amp;Ms adverts.. Can you name all the films? #cinema #films (Taken with Instagram)

The walls of AMC, can’t believe they were considering covering this with M&Ms adverts.. Can you name all the films? #cinema #films (Taken with Instagram)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Ughhh.. Ok gonna try this again.

Yea no, this was such rubbish. We watched the 35mm rather than the 3D but I don’t think that made that much difference.
Overly simplified and retarded. Made no sense even for a film about Abe Lincoln as a vampire hunter. The chase with the horses wtf? Oh dear, the 6 reels felt like forever. And what’s that with TB and trains on high bridges..
I was expecting silly but no, this was too stupid. And visually not that great either imho. Yea loads of quick-quick-slow fights but naah, didn’t do it for me at all.

Prometheus (2012)

I liked it even though I have to shamefully admit that I slept for about 10 minutes of it but I had had a really long and busy day (bhhh I hate this stupid habit so much.. When I just physically can’t keep my eyes open.. Oh well)

It was often gooey and gross in a very cool and awesome kinda way. I loved the cast except for Idris Elba who annoys me for some reason in everything (haven’t watched Wire, so don’t know about that).

Had a fun time at the screening with Splash and bf and my Bounty milkshake hehehe.

And I absolutely loved the ending! Even though the whole film just made you have more and more questions (classic Lost writers’ move I guess).

After the showing a couple of Marlon’s friends (nephews even?) stayed around and we were discussing it. But the first thing the crazy religious loonies would say about Sir Ridley Scott’s film was “I AIN’T COME FROM NO ALIENS YO!”. Bhhhhhhhh… Cuz yea, as it’s stated it was a documentary and the whole truth about everything. I get so frustrated I don’t even say anything anymore.. I have more intelligence in my shoe laces.. /rant

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

I really haven’t been keeping up with these film entries.. Oh well.

I liked how they were nice and picked Kristen Stewart as Snow White. Obviously to stress how inner beauty is above the physical. Or whatever..
She still ruined the whole thing with her monotone voice and one-expression-for-ALL-the-emotions. You know the one where she kinda raises her upper lip and stares at something while looking like she can smell poo everywhere.
Chris Hems was adorable but there wast much of him in it.
I absolutely loved Charlize Theron though. I was really rooting for her evil queen and really hoped she would be able to suck the life out of the whiny and annoying Snow White. Alas, it didn’t happen of course… Still, she was gorgeous and her costumes and visuals were mind blowing. Stole the show completely.
Otherwise it was dull and boring. I wasn’t tired at all when we started it, but by the fifth reel, I couldn’t sit in my chair comfortably and just wanted to leave. Felt so exhausted coming out from the screen..
Three prints of this?! Why?? Makes no sense.

Edit: Mirror Mirror and Once Upon A Time TV series were both way superior to this.